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Award-winning authors to visit UW campus

Award-winning authors to visit UW campus

Two award-winning authors will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus next week.

The first is Turkish author Orhan Pamuk. According to a release from UW, Pamuk is the winner of the 2006 of the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the second youngest person to ever receive the award. He is a freedom of speech advocate and his novels have been translated into more than 46 different languages.

Pamuk will speak Monday at Varsity Hall in Union South at 7:30 p.m.

The author of the celebrated post-apocalyptic, zombie author Max Brooks will speak Tuesday night.

Brooks' latest novel "World War Z" was recently adapted into a movie starring Brad Pitt. According to a release, Brooks also wrote "The Zombie Survival Guide." His lecture is in Varsity Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The lectures are free to attend.

Carver crafts ice sculpture in Peace Park

Carver crafts ice sculpture in Peace Park

A professional ice sculptor demonstrated his skill for onlookers on State Street Friday morning.

Maurie Pearson of Black River Ice Sculptures in La Crosse said he's not very good with a pencil and paper, but when he's carving a 300-pound block of ice, it just seems to come easily from his brain to his hands.

Pearson sculpted a sleigh our of ice in front of a crowd outside 452 State St. His demo was planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A local business group, Madison’s Central Business Improvement District, sponsored the event as part of a series of holiday events Friday and Saturday.

Kids, families invited to Downtown Holiday Open House

Kids, families invited to Downtown Holiday Open House

Downtown businesses will be hosting a free Downtown Holiday Open House for kids and families this weekend.

The Downtown Holiday Open House includes free holiday fun, special offers and refreshments at participating businesses downtown, organizers said.

Events include ice sculpting demonstrations in Peace Park, pictures with Santa and a holiday crafting party at DreamBank, holiday trolley rides, welcome bags, ‘Kids in the Rotunda’ performances at the Overture Center and family activities at the new Central Library.

Downtown businesses will be open for families to start their holiday shopping, and families can join the businesses and the United Way of Dane County in providing holiday gifts for teens in need, according to a release.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday on State Street and the Capitol Square. For more information call 608-512-1342 or go online.

Circus arts show to raise funds for troupe, space

Circus arts show to raise funds for troupe, space

The Mad Circus Gala is a circus arts variety show Saturday held to benefit the local performing arts group.

Organizers said the show will highlight aerial work, the German wheel, juggling, comedy, stilt-dancing, unicycling and more.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Barrymore Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 12. A special VIP ticket includes extra perks. Find ticket information online at www.barrymorelive.com/_circus.htm.

The Madison Circus Space at 2100 Winnebago St. opened in June to serve as practice space for circus arts performers and hobbyists.

Former Madison foodies get taste of Big Apple food scene

Former Madison foodies get taste of Big Apple food scene

Ruthie Young walks the streets of New York with an appetite and a pen. The University of Wisconsin-Madison graduated in 2012 and moved to New York. She's out to get a taste of the Big Apple as a freelance food blogger.

"It really gives me an opportunity to explore the New York and the food scene on my own budget and my own time," Young explained.

New York City has its own little taste of Wisconsin within in the form of a group of restaurants borrowing Badger State influences, and transplants, like Adam Benedetto. He said incorporating the Midwest culture of being nice to people is part of the package in Little Wisco Restaurant Group eateries popping up in New York City. Little Wisco has opened four restaurants in the last two years, all staffed with Cheese State natives.

Author to share road to publishing at book reading

Author to share road to publishing at book reading

A Madison-based author said she'll discuss the process of how she got her first book published at an author event downtown Wednesday.

Kelly Harms, author of "The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane," will read from her novel at the Wisconsin Book Festival event and talk about the road to getting published. 

"I'm going to be discussing the publishing industry a little bit more in detail and talking about how I got from one side of the desk to the other," Harms said.

Harms said she used to live in New York City and worked for a publishing company as a literary agent.

She made the cross to author after moving to the Midwest to raise her family, she said. "The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane," is the story of an unlikely friendship between two women who were very different but brought together through a dream home sweepstakes, Harms explained.

The free event starts at 7 p.m. in meeting room 301 at the Central Library at 201 W. Mifflin St.